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Sat, 29 Sep 2007, 08:00 PM

Competition Eliminator Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Bob Orme

HEBRON, Ohio - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Competition Eliminator at the NHRA, Third annual Jeg's Northern SPORTSnationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed this round, amount over/under index this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time, speed & over/under Index, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Bob Book Runs 6.503/209.39/-0.537, Now #3; A/D Index: 7.04, Prior Best: 6.396/211.63/-0.644, Was #3
Right Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.966/198.73/-0.704, Now #1; B/A Index: 7.67, Prior Best: 6.998/197.36/-0.672, Was #1

7:25 p.m. A good looking pass for Book, and a record-setting pass for Morgan. Larry Morgan's incremental times: 60ft-1.045 sec., 330ft-2.925, 660ft-4.486/157.63mph, 1,000ft-5.831

Left Lane: Jesse Plant Runs 7.368/179.37/-0.622, Now #7; D/ED Index: 7.99, Prior Best: 7.389/178.57/-0.601, Was #8
Right Lane: Chris Bozic Runs 9.708/94.47/2.168, Now #22; C/D Index: 7.54, Prior Best: 7.147/187.65/-0.393, Was #22

Bozic was off the throttle before half track.

Left Lane: Bo Butner Runs 7.104/197.91/-0.536, Now #14; AA/SM Index: 7.64, Prior Best: 7.163/177.21/-0.477, Was #13
Right Lane: Jeff Wright Runs 14.820/79.46/7.170, Now #17; B/AA Index: 7.65, Prior Best: 7.152/193.29/-0.498, Was #17

Wright was very sluggish off the line and he never got up to full power. A record-setting pass for Butner. Bo Butner's incremental times: 60ft-1.146 sec., 330ft-3.058, 660ft-4.623/157.39mph, 1,000ft-5.968

Left Lane: Bruno Massel Runs 7.579/182.60/-0.471, Now #19; DD/AT Index: 8.05, Prior Best: 12.482/71.14/4.432, Was #32
Right Lane: David Billingsley Runs 12.343/49.48/4.443, Now #15; C/AA Index: 7.90, Prior Best: 7.377/56.17/-0.523, Was #15

Billingsley's chute deployed. Again. This time at about 150 feet. No problems for Massel.

Left Lane: Jim Browder No Time, Now #26; J/AA Index: 8.40, Prior Best: 8.129/158.41/-0.271, Was #26
Right Lane: Scott Chamness Runs 14.012/66.74/6.972, Now #18; A/D Index: 7.04, Prior Best: 6.557/207.50/-0.483, Was #18

Chamness spun the tires on the launch. Browder broke something at about 300 feet and the car rolled to a stop at about 1000 feet.

Left Lane: Mike Graves Runs 8.076/169.32/-0.284, Now #22; D/A Index: 8.36, Prior Best: 7.939/172.61/-0.421, Was #21
Right Lane: Mauri Rose Runs 7.114/185.61/-0.426, Now #21; C/D Index: 7.54, Prior Best: 7.124/185.79/-0.416, Was #22

Graves was skating around some.

Left Lane: Doug Doll Jr. Runs 8.514/125.92/-0.386, Now #9; F/ED Index: 8.90, Prior Best: 8.301/150.13/-0.599, Was #9
Right Lane: Steve Ambrose Runs 7.869/163.53/-0.531, Now #15; J/AA Index: 8.40, Prior Best: 7.900/161.77/-0.500, Was #16

Doll is off his regular pace, the reason not apparent from here.

Left Lane: Jerry Arnold Runs 8.009/163.65/-0.651, Now #3; G/ED Index: 8.66, Prior Best: 8.046/162.51/-0.614, Was #8
Right Lane: Scott Talarowski Runs 23.325/22.19/16.105, Now #24; A/ED Index: 7.22, Prior Best: 6.875/196.67/-0.345, Was #24

Talarowski hiked the front high enough to cause sparks from the rear of the car and he lifted. A record-setting pass for Arnold.

Left Lane: John Peto Runs 8.442/158.02/0.042, Now #29; J/AA Index: 8.40, Prior Best: 8.248/158.69/-0.152, Was #29
Right Lane: John Frech Runs 8.316/155.26/-0.374, Now #24; G/EA Index: 8.69, Prior Best: 8.386/152.45/-0.304, Was #25

No visible problems in either lane.

Left Lane: Ray Vierheller Runs 7.381/175.73/-0.609, Now #9; D/ED Index: 7.99, Prior Best: 7.446/176.05/-0.544, Was #13
Right Lane: Al Ackerman Runs 8.147/160.54/-0.543, Now #11; F/D Index: 8.69, Prior Best: 8.092/163.35/-0.598, Was #10

Ackerman was moving around his lane. A nice pass for Vierheller.

Left Lane: John Berberich Jr Runs 7.670/171.18/-0.200, Now #29; C/ED Index: 7.87, Prior Best: 7.704/170.90/-0.166, Was #28
Right Lane: Rick Brown Runs 8.389/160.02/-0.541, Now #14; B/TA Index: 8.93, Prior Best: 11.390/68.87/2.460, Was #32

Brown gets the car down the track under full power.

Left Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 8.439/120.26/-0.091, Now #6; B/SR Index: 8.53, Prior Best: 7.890/166.76/-0.640, Was #6
Right Lane: Sal Biondo Runs 8.221/162.10/-0.629, Now #8; I/AA Index: 8.85, Prior Best: 8.258/161.36/-0.592, Was #12

Patterson was off the throttle before the finish. A record-setting pass for Biondo.

Left Lane: John Staley Runs 7.651/145.97/-0.349, Now #26; CC/AT Index: 8.00, Prior Best: 7.898/174.05/-0.102, Was #31

Staley began trailing smoke at half track.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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